How to clean interior carpets

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:05
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I parked my 80 series in a muddy (and watery) bog-hole half-way up the doors on the weekend, for about half an hour. Anyway... a little bit of water came into the drivers footwell, wetting the carpet.

Was wondering who has any ideas how to get rid of the water in the carpet so I can get it clean.

Cheers in advance

Josh
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:32

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:32
Pull out and hose them. The underlay will stink
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 05:52

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 05:52
Josh,

Reckon you'll need to remove them, as advised above.

PIA job, stripping out seats, console and sill covers, but the end result will be worth it. Might even find some loose change:-))

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 05:55

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 05:55
Also, once you remove them, only wash with cold water, and preferably dry in the shade.

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Reply By: Member - ironJosh - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 06:18

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 06:18
Yeah that's not happening... the wetness is the size of a dinner plate... Not taking out all of the seats and carpet for that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:52

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:52
Get a few old towels, fold and put over spot, stomp repeatedly, then change towels. After a few goes you should have removed a significant percentage, but maybe not enough.
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 07:26

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 07:26
Hi had a problem with water entering the passenger foot well some time ago.

I lifted the carpet and placed a old towel down and fold the carpet back over it for a few days. It soaked most of the water up.
Took the towel out and parked it in the sun for a few hours, worked well but it was summer and no stink.

You could have the heater on with the floor vents opened only every time you drive.
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:34

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:34
Crusier91 is right.
For a small patch I put bits of 3x2 under the carpet after soaking up the water and keep an airway open for a week or two so it all dries.

Some carpet powder cleaner or such will freshen it up and maybe cure the smell.

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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 14:24

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 14:24
Just use an extraction cleaner!

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 15:48

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 15:48
Ouch. We got filthy, muddy and stinking water into the car because the panel beater did not replace that plastic membrane in the two left hand doors. It was putrid. We had a good drive but a dirty carpet after it in Tasmania on the Balfour Track.

I just got stuck in and removed the seats then the carpets. I scrubbed the carpet three times with Vax Carpet cleaner, a fairly stiff couple of brooms (had and large) and bloody hot water and hosed it off after each time.. I did it over a period of one week so it didn't kill me. A bit at a time.

Now! The carpet is like brand new. No smell. No marks. Even took out some stains that were there before that I had given up removing. The only problem I found was that the carper moulded shape changed a bit so I had to use a rubber mallet to get it to slip into those nooks and crannies.

Would I do it again the same way. Get it muddy - NO!!! Wash the carpet - wiithout hesitation. Well may once or twice a year and when needed.

We get the inside dirt a lot because of the rugged, rough and remote areas that we like to go to. Well worth the trouble. It's like new.

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